This past weekend, my family and I left Brisbane in the rear view window and headed to “our” beach, Cabarita. All this month, storms battered the dunes and stirred up the reefs just offshore. It’s an interesting process that destroys part of the ecosystem, but also can free up resources for other species to thrive which enhances the biodiversity of the reef in the long term.
February kicked off with cyclonic storm winds (cyclone= hurricane that rotates clockwise) and has been mostly rainy and stormy ever since. Bad luck for some misplaced reef life, but it makes for very interesting beachcombing.
We spent a soft late afternoon at Cabarita…
…building sandcastles, swimming, and seeking hidden treasure.
During high storms, the wind and tidal surge push the waves over the rocks, leaving all manner of interesting flotsam and jetsam behind.
We found a wide range of sponges and corals, ripped from the seafloor. I spent a long time looking at this hard sponge, and now I wish I’d brought it home with me!
We also found some of the nicest shells I’ve ever seen in nature!
Cabarita was crawling with surfers of all ages, too.
We went to Stephen’s parents home for the night, feasted on Vietnamese food, slept late and then spent the next afternoon doing it all over again. It didn’t get boring, in fact we all became rather like Gollum over our shell finds. We’d been a little edgy all week, and it was nice to be out together with no worries.
And check out our haul! I love the barnacles, to me they look like sea dragon molars. I’ll probably put these on the table in a bowl, maybe the larger ones will go on our “interesting dead things” shelf.
What’s your favorite thing to do on a weekend? The thing you wish you could do every weekend, but only manage every so often? Do you ever go “treasure hunting” for shells, rocks, plants or wildlife sightings?